What’s coming up in Charlottesville and Albemarle the week of 3/18?

What’s coming up in Charlottesville and Albemarle the week of 3/18?

Each week, the news team takes a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings in the comments section.

The Charlottesville City Council has a few big items on the agenda for its 7pm Monday meeting. There are public hearings on the proposed FY2014 tax rate and budget, and the Council will hear the latest on a transit study commissioned to examine needed changes in the city’s bus system.

The Albemarle County Planning Commission meets at 7pm Tuesday at the County Office Building on McIntire Road. Check out the agenda here.

On Wednesday, residents are invited to a 7pm discussion about the Rivanna River and the role it plays in the community at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 100 Alderman Road. Robbi Savage of the Rivanna Conservation Society will lead the free talk, which is sponsored by the Piedmont Chapter of the Sierra Club.

The county will hold an all-day open house on its Comprehensive Plan from 9am-7:30pm Thursday in the second-floor lobby of the County Office Building on McIntire Road. County staff will be on hand to explain the plan, answer questions, and take comments, which will be forwarded to the Planning Commission ahead of a public hearing on the plan.

Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP) will host a panel discussion called “The Local Costs of Growth” at 7pm Thursday in the library of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Rugby Road. The free talk will focus on the need for better cost-benefit analysis of commercial and residential development in the area. Visit www.ASAPnow.org for more details on the research behind the presentation.